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Publisher's Summary

Why have viewers always had a love affair with romance movies? From tragic love stories, like Romeo + Juliet, to feel-good rom-coms, like Sleepless in Seattle, people simply cannot get enough of these movies. Join Professor Eric R. Williams to analyze dozens of titles that fall under the scope of "romance films"—inviting students to see old favorites in a new light and introduce them to elements of romance in movies one might not consider to be part of the genre.

Explore traditional romantic titles, such as When Harry Met Sally, West Side Story, and Casablanca; controversial spins on the traditional genre, including Her, Harold and Maude, and Lars and the Real Girl; less conventional "romances," such as Blade Runner, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, She’s Gotta Have It, and yes—even Fight Club. Throughout, Professor Williams draws on a wealth of examples, revealing the DNA of these films.

Listeners will understand the difference between a love story and a romance; see how directors manipulate audiences’ emotions from opening credits to the final scene—keeping everyone on the edge of their seat; and be able to decode the underlying storytelling techniques. Students will see cinematic romances from a different point of view, deepening their understanding of the genre.

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Our favorite moments from Falling in Love with Romance Movies

Chapter 3, Lecture 2
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The breakdown of a love story
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Chapter 11, Lecture 10
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  • What are stock characters?
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  • The breakdown of a love story
  • Chapter 11, Lecture 10
  • Looking at a well known rom-com

"Wow! I learned way more than anticipated. Williams is one of the best narrators on Audible and through his excitement and knowledge, I'm ready to
watch romance movies with new insight!"

–Carole W., Audible Listener
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About the Professor

Eric R. Williams is a Professor in the School of Media Arts & Studies at Ohio University, where he teaches courses on screenwriting, film, and virtual reality production. He is also the director of the MFA in Communication Media Arts program at Ohio University. Professor Williams received his bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in Education from Northwestern University, and he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Film from Columbia University.

Before directing his first feature film, Professor Williams worked as a cinematographer and assistant director in New York City. He has written more than 30 screenplays and has also written, produced, and directed for companies such as Workshop Productions, Liam Films, American Movie Classics, Fox Interactive, and Universal Studios. Professor Williams’s films and screenplays have won the Best New Work award from the Writers Guild of America and the Individual Excellence Award in screenwriting from the Ohio Arts Council. His film Breaking News was selected as one of the "Top Five Films Not to Miss" by the Athens Independent Film Society at the Athens International Film and Video Festival. At Ohio University, he received the University Professor Award for excellence in teaching, and he was also a finalist for the Presidential Teacher Award. Professor Williams co-edited the book Media and the Creative Process. He also authored two books: Screen Adaptation: Beyond the Basics and The Screenwriters Taxonomy. Williams enjoys working on media education projects and frequently travels to South America and Eastern Europe. His dedication to teaching was recognized by the president of Guyana, who awarded him a lifetime honorary membership in the CineGuyana society.

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Wonderful!

Informative and thoroughly enjoyable, I really hope Audible continues this series to encompass every film super genre! :)

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Iike a university lecture

It’s not terrible, but it’s also really nothing groundbreaking. Very basic concepts. All over the place. Nothing that really gripped my attention. May be good for high school students interested in Film.

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Loved It!

The most profound thing that this professor said was that we all love romance movies. We can't help ourselves. I enjoyed his listen very much.

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So, so very good!

This ten-lecture course is surprisingly thorough to be so short. It taught me a lot about romance movies while also filling me in on other genres. It helped me appreciate the romance genre, which isn’t my favorite. At all. I see it with new eyes now. Highly recommend!

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New Perspective on Movies

Having an understanding of the structure of romance movies, this book will give you a different perspective when watching movies. For example, why are there so many tropes used in movies (not just romance movies), like hands accidentally touching as the two people reach for the same item, the breakup on a stormy night, and a kissing scene at sunset? Because the audience is already familiar with tropes, a few seconds of a scene like this encapsulates a lot of unspoken dialogue. We know his/her heart is breaking because the pouring rain is reflecting what is felt inside.

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More than just Romance

I was pleasantly surprised that the professor elaborated on the entire context in how these particular type of movies compare to others (i.e. non-romance)

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Interesting info on movie genres

This work is ok. I'm not a huge movie person, but there's a bit of history (such as how the era of the Great Depression and associated sociological forces led to the "screwball comedy" genre), and an interesting breakdown of types of movies, including "super genres" "macro genres" and "micro genres".

It certainly, however, does not explain why people love romance movies. I feel disappointed there.

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Great breakdown of romance movies

Reviews the structure of movies and screenwriting in an entertaining way. Many specific examples help make this a fun course. Well done!!

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Surprise

Wanted to learn more about the Romance movie genre, so gave this a listen. wow! I learned way more than anticipated. Williams is one of the best narrators on Audible and through his excitement and knowledge, I'm ready to watch romance movies with new insight. When's his next offering available?!